Bruno Fernandes admits he’s not the only Manchester United player who stays behind for extra training following praise from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United are flying high at the top of the Premier League after a great run of form. Their chances of FA Cup glory have one less bump in the road after a 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday.
Their winner on Sunday came from a sumptious free-kick from Fernandes after his introduction from the bench. After the game, he was praised by Solskjaer for staying behind after training to practice free-kicks.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Solskjaer said: “Great goal, good free-kick. When you leave him out like I did today, he stayed about 45 minutes after training yesterday shooting free kicks so I was pretty confident he could score one if he got the chance.
“He’s never happy with me when I tell him to go inside after training when he’s playing the next day so he got some practice yesterday.”
Fernandes now has 11 goals and seven assists this season and is a hugely-important member of United’s squad.
However, he insists practice makes perfect when it comes to free-kicks. He also insists he’s not the only player to do extras in training.
When asked if practiced free-kicks, he told MUTV: “I think almost every day.
“Sometimes he [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] has to kick me out of the training to stop.
“I’m always working on that kind of situation. I like to watch and learn from Juan [Mata] because I think he is a really good specialist.
“I think in training we stay there most of the time – me and Juan stay longer, but also Alex [Telles], Rashy [Marcus Rashford], Fred also stays with us.”
Fernandes not the only free-kick master
While Fernandes managed to get hold of that free-kick, he admits there are others in the United squad also well capable.
“Normally, I think, a little bit more long distance is for Rashy,” Fernandes added.
“I think he feels more comfortable [from there], for me it is the same, to go the [closer] distance. I think closer to the box is better for me, for the kind of shot I have.
“Of course, if Juan and Alex are on the pitch it’s a chance for them, more on the right side. I think we have good free-kick specialists.
“I think we have some players who can take [good free-kicks]. It will depend on the moment. In that moment, I felt I was confident to take the free-kick. It was me and luckily it was a goal.”
When asked if he is excited by what Man Utd are currently building, he told the BBC: “A lot, it is dream come true to play for this club in the Premier League.
“Everyone knows and I know now the fans are happy and will have a good week.”